June is National Foster a Pet Month, so you may feel that now is the right now time to finally act on your thoughts of adding a second furry companion to your household. But do you know if fostering a pet is right for you and your family? It’s important to consider things like if you’re financially able to temporarily add another pet or how your current pet will fare with another companion. As you come down to deciding whether or not you’re ready to foster a friend, ask yourself the following questions before applying to be a pet foster parent.
Question: Will my current pet accept a new pet?
Answer: Although you may love the thought of adding more pets, your current pet may not feel the same way. If your cat or dog is not a fan of other animals, fostering a pet may cause too much household discord.
Q: Do I have time to take care of an additional pet?
A: Foster pets can require a great deal of care and attention before they find their forever home. Some foster pets are not placed on an adoptable-pet list because they have medical issues that need treatment first, or they may require training, socialization, or rehabilitation to become fit for a new family. Puppies and kittens naturally require more care than adult pets, and senior pets can also demand large amounts of your time. Ensure you understand your foster pet’s needs before committing to their care.
Q: Can I foster a pet without becoming attached?
A: One of the hardest parts of fostering pets is resisting falling in love. You can so easily become attached to a pet whom you have loved and cared for, and you may wind up with a house full of “foster failures.” That may be fine for your situation, but many families cannot foster unlimited pets, so knowing how to prevent yourself from becoming attached to your foster pet may be necessary.
There’s a lot of things to consider when thinking about becoming a foster pet parent. However, one important thing to keep in mind before opening your home to a foster pet is to ensure your current one is up to date on vaccinations and parasite preventives to avoid potential disease and parasite transmission. Contact our team for an appointment for your current pet to make sure everything is ready for when your new foster fur baby comes home.